In this new PSA with the stars of Teen Mom, the girls try to warn teens about the dangers of sex by saying they should have just cuddled with their baby daddies instead of doing the deed. By focusing on cuddling as a viable way to prevent teen-sex consequences, this video takes a roundabout approach to talking about safe sex, STDs, and pregnancy prevention. Maybe the idea is that these girls just wanted intimacy with their boyfriends over the physical act of intercourse, but the video isn't quite clear with its message. Watch the video below and tell us what you think about the PSA.
You don't want to deny a cuddler. Because if he's not getting it from you, he'll go elsewhere. Like into the seedy underbelly of affection known as cuddle parties, and risk bringing home a CTD (cuddling transmitted disease) like bedbugs.
Most men don't advertise themselves as cuddlers anywhere off Craigslist, but I've never met a boyfriend who didn't want to cuddle morning, noon, and night. Sometimes twice! Dave Johns, a self-professed cuddler, is conflicted: his relentless need for affection challenges his manhood because, as he put it, "real men don't cuddle." But I think men love to cuddle — maybe more than women? — and they just don't like to talk about it.
Since there is a cuddle hormone, we can assume some people are more prone to cuddling than others. So, tell me, who initiates it the most in your relationship?
"Hug-starved Americans are queuing up to squeeze total strangers," if we believe today's Daily Mail. While most of us are reluctant to touch people we don't know, some people crave nonsexual physical contact and are willing to get it from strangers at cuddle parties.
One company, simply named Cuddle Party, charges about $10 a session. They have rules too, the first three being:
- Pajamas stay on the whole time.
- You don’t have to cuddle anyone at a Cuddle Party, ever.
- You must ask permission and receive a verbal YES before you touch anyone. (Be as specific in your request as you can.)
I don't know if rule number two assures me or freaks me out, since it suggests you can go just to watch. As creepy as it might seem, it could be good for your health, though: research shows that people who cuddle are less likely to become depressed. What do you make of it?
Take a snort, get more cuddly. No, I'm not talking about a new designer nightclub drug, but a new study of how the hormone oxytocin can make men more empathetic.
The same hormone that is elevated during sex, brings on labor pains during childbirth, stimulates the production of breast milk, and aids mother-child bonding may also help men get more in touch with other people's emotions.
In a fascinating study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, volunteers were given an inhaled nasal spray containing the hormone, then shown photos that were likely to trigger emotions, such as "a crying child, a girl hugging her cat, and a grieving man." Half the men got the spray, and another half received a placebo:
Those who had the hormone spray had markedly higher levels of empathy — of a similar magnitude to those only usually seen in women who are naturally more sensitive to the feelings of others.
Women's hormones get blamed for a lot of things, but it seems our oxytocin is a help, not a hindrance. But don't expect to be able to rush out and buy the cuddle drug for your boyfriend just yet; there are far more pressing applications for this potential psychiatric medication first, so read more
One of my friends recently told me that when her husband is out of town, she sleeps with one of his old t-shirts so she can snuggle with something that smells like him. It keeps the loneliness at bay and although it sounds a little childish, she's not alone. Researchers reported that as many as three-quarters of women admit they cuddle with clothing worn by their significant other when he or she is away. And get this — two-thirds of men do the same thing!
Can you relate? Do you embrace clothes worn by your lover when you're apart?
Although the vast majority of you like to cuddle before bed, I wonder if you like to cuddle after sex. I would assume so, but this past weekend my friend who is a self-proclaimed cuddler and hugger, said she just can’t handle cuddling after sex. She likes to be near her boyfriend, but she needs to just be in her body alone for a few minutes before snuggling up. I found that cuddling anomaly fascinating, so tell me, do you like to cozy up after a roll in the hay?
The only thing more precious than your pet cozying up to you when you're on the couch or in bed is two pets cuddling with one another like they're BFF. My friend recently sent me this photo of her two darling divas and I can't get over how the sisters from another mister seem completely at ease in their embrace. Do your pets show love to one another when they're resting or do they have a rivalry?
I was just getting the skinny from a girlfriend about her amazing date last night. He took her to her favorite restaurant, and she gushed about how they sat side by side and cuddled throughout their entire dinner. Now I'm all for romance, but sitting side by side while eating dinner has always been a pet peeve of mine. It just looks and feels so awkward! I understand wanting to sit close, but isn't that what the bar counter is for? Maybe I'm the odd one out on this one, so ladies, what I want to know is, how do you like to sit when you're on a date?
For all you ladies out there that might be feeling a little lonely this Valentine's Day, you're in luck! The Daily Mail recently wrote an article about a Japan-based company that created a pillow in the shape of a man's arm and torso — some might even consider it a perfect cuddle buddy!
The pillow even has a few perks over the actual boyfriend. As the Daily Mail notes: "It doesn't come in drunk, snore, steal the sheets, or wake you up." While that certainly sounds nice, I don't think this substitute could ever replace the real thing; however, I can see how a person would like to keep one around just in case she needed something to hold onto during those lonely nights.
What are your thoughts on the boyfriend-arm pillow? Would you ever use one? Or give one as a Valentine's Day gift?